Follower of Jesus – My mission, my calling, my identity…all rolled into three little words.
But in the raw practicality of daily life…what does that mean?
I know I am called to be a follower of Christ…to read His Word, to love Him, and to seek His presence daily.
I know I am called to be a wife…to love, cherish, and serve my Husband.
I know I am called to be a part of the body of Christ…to disciple and be discipled, to spend time and give time, to serve and be served, and in it all to love.
I know I am called to keep my home well…to make pizza and clean toilets and keep a budget and fold laundry and vacuum dirty floors.
I know I am called to serve children each week in our church…to pray for them, love them, teach them, and play with them.
I know I am called to be good steward….to steward my body and my time well, to steward our finances and our resources well.
I know I am called to write…to write our story, to share God’s Word changing me, and to uplift and encourage through this little space.
But what are the priorities?
What comes first?
When do I set aside one thing in exchange for another?
I don’t know…do you?
Because honestly, I can only keep one or two of those balls in the air at a time. I feel like more often than not, my house looks like this.
I so often feel like…
If I get my devotions done, I don’t have time to house clean.
If I get the cleaning done, I don’t have time to blog
If I get the blogging done, I don’t spend enough time with my husband.
If I get my exercising in, the meal planning and grocery shopping gets pushed to the last minute.
But two weekends ago, we had our first annual Redemption Church Conference. The speaker said something that stopped me in my tracks.
“God first, family second, and job third is not a biblical concept. Seek God first and all these things will be added to you. I don’t need to seek anything other than God. He isn’t the top of the priority list…He is the list!”
So how does this translate to scrubbing the bathtub and writing blog posts and picking up dirty clothes off the floor and cooking nutritious meals?
I don’t know…
And maybe that’s the point.
Maybe I don’t know so that I will seek God early and often for wisdom in how to get all these things done in a way that is glorifying to Him…in a way that puts Him first.
Maybe if I knew how it worked, I wouldn’t feel the need to be in constant connection with Him for wisdom and guidance.
Maybe if I knew, I would start working in my own strength and for my own glory.
So I guess I’ll keep seeking Him first and constant and always. Because that’s what He said to do…right?
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
Hello Lovlies! I’m very excited to be linking up today for Healthy Habits link party on Teachers of Good Things Blog.
Today I’m talking about a topic I love – Running!
Before moving to Florida, I ran off and on for 9 months. I got to the point where I was really truly loving it! But last summer was crazy with the Mexico Missions Trip and Moving to Florida, so I had basically quit running by the end of August.
Now that we are settled in our new home, I struggled to get motivated and find the love of running again. So I set myself a goal for 2013.
Run 500 miles between January 1st and December 31st.
I did the math, and I have to run approximately 1.9 miles 5 days a week for 52 weeks. I can totally do that, but it still is just scary enough to keep me working hard at it.
To keep track of my runs I am using the Nike Running App on my iPhone 4s. The app tracks each of my runs and my per mile pace throughout the entire thing.
I can also track where I ran and how it felt. For you more serious runners, it also keeps track of the miles on your shoes so that you know when to replace them.
I deleted all my previous runs, so that my total mile tracker will keep going up and up and up till I hit the goal of 500 miles!
And although I don’t have anyone to run with each day, I have a few friends joining me on this challenge. And it’s not too late for you to start! I am challenging you to either run, walk, or bike 500 miles in 2013. Pick one or do a combination of all 3! I am trying to run all 500 miles, but if I encounter an injury (praying not), then that may change. If you want to join me, connect via Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #go500
If you’re nervous about joining in late and loosing that 2 week advantage, then start your 365 day challenge today. So your goal is to #go500 between January 15, 2013 and January 14, 2014. Deal?
Will you join me?
P.S. Working out is easier when you’re eating healthy too. Want a yummy salad recipe? Well, you’re in luck. I posted one today – Chef’s Salad